Journal article

Determination of lightning currents from far electromagnetic fields

Expressions relating far electromagnetic fields and return stroke channel base current have been derived in the literature for various lightning return stroke models. The use of such relations permits the estimation of channel base currents of return strokes, testing of the individual models using sets of simultaneous current and field measurements, and also the determination of nondirectly measurable parameters of the models. The authors derive a relation between the far electromagnetic field and the channel base current for the Diendorfer-Uman (DU) and the modified Diendorfer-Uman (MDU) models. Additionally. the current-field relations for all models for which such an analytical relation can be derived are summarized. Finally, a numerical solution technique is proposed to solve the equations relating to the far field and channel base current of the DU and the traveling current source (TCS) models

    Keywords: lightning;


    lightning currents;far electromagnetic fields;return stroke channel base current;Diendorfer-Uman model;modified Diendorfer-Uman model;numerical solution technique;traveling current source model;


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